Interior design student Natalie Watson featured in MSU STATEments

September 29th, 2017 Comments Off on Interior design student Natalie Watson featured in MSU STATEments

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College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2017 faculty, staff award recipients

September 20th, 2017 Comments Off on College of Architecture, Art and Design names 2017 faculty, staff award recipients

By Kelsey Brownlee | Mississippi State University

The College of Architecture, Art and Design annually honors faculty and staff with monetary awards recognizing excellence in teaching, service and dedication. The recipients are selected by an awards committee, which includes the dean, associate dean, department heads and a faculty member from each unit.

Faculty are chosen for the award based on demonstrated excellence in teaching as evaluated by a statement of personal pedagogy or philosophy, student work, a self-critique of their own work and teaching evaluations.

The 2017 CAAD Tenured Faculty Teaching Excellence Award went to Professor Soon Ee Ngoh in the Department of Art.

Assistant Professor Lyndsey Miller in the Interior Design Program received the Tenure-Track Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

The 2017 CAAD Staff Award went to Darlene Gardner, business manager for the college, and Amy Massey, administrative assistant for Interior Design.

The staff award honors a staff member in the college who exemplifies professionalism and dedication by performing above and beyond the job description; takes initiative on tasks; relates to others on the staff or faculty; and has demonstrated innovation or creativity in his/her job.

MSU students learn value of creativity, teamwork through Armstrong Middle School outreach project

September 19th, 2017 Comments Off on MSU students learn value of creativity, teamwork through Armstrong Middle School outreach project

By Sasha Steinberg | Mississippi State University

When the highly anticipated Starkville Oktibbeha School District Partnership School opens its doors to sixth and seventh graders in 2019, Armstrong Middle School also will welcome eighth and ninth graders to upgraded facilities, thanks to input from more than 50 students in Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art and Design.

With individual members representing architecture, art, building construction science and interior design disciplines, nine student groups recently presented proposals addressing innovative ways to redesign classrooms and other spaces in Armstrong Middle’s main building. The group projects were part of an annual student design competition sponsored by Birmingham, Alabama-based construction firm Brasfield and Gorrie.

Each group’s 15 to 20-minute presentation was critiqued by representatives from Brasfield and Gorrie, the Starkville Oktibbeha School District and MSU, who selected three winners. Shared equally among group members, prizes were as follows: first place, $1,400; second place, $900; and third place, $600.

Senior Anna K. “Katie” Erickson of Madison was the sole art major in the first place-winning group, which also consisted of two building construction science, three interior design and four architecture majors.

While there was no budget requirement for the project, Erickson said her group “wanted to provide valuable designs that implemented science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, or STEAM.”

 “We called our project ‘Illuminating Innovative Ideas,’ and one of our goals was to bring in more natural light from the sun,” said Erickson, who is concentrating in graphic design and photography. “We proposed a central atrium that goes from the first floor up to the second floor to help with that concept.”

Erickson said the atrium would be surrounded by glass walls on all sides, thereby enabling people to look down and see into the Learning Commons on the first floor. Equipped with booths, tables and technological equipment, the Learning Commons space would provide students with a fun and comfortable spot for studying, group work or leisure.

 “We also proposed the idea of having a compass in the middle of the first floor,” Erickson said. “It would be a design element, but also an orientation device to help students and others interact with the space. A mural on the wall of the staircase that extends from the first floor to the second floor also would help people orient themselves within the school.”

The group’s proposal also features plans for an indoor multipurpose classroom with a garage door allowing easy access to an outdoor courtyard space or classroom area with a percola, where teachers could hold class.

 “We had two weeks to get the job done, and we all put in equal effort to determine the best solution for the school,” Erickson emphasized. “We will be working in group environments with people across different disciplines in the real world, so it was important that we were all passionate about the project and willing to validate each other’s input.”

“I learned things about architecture, interior design and building construction science that I may not have otherwise. The project worked out well,” she said.

Additional project information is available from Jacob Gines, MSU School of Architecture assistant professor, at 662-325-0094 or

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FIRST PLACE – “Illuminating Innovative Ideas”

  • Davis Byrd
  • Regan Horn
  • Lee Bryant
  • Mitchell Hubbell
  • Alan Pittman
  • Kirkland Webber
  • Christine Smith
  • Ansley Zimmerman
  • Brooke Pogue
  • Katie Erickson

SECOND PLACE – “Regrowth”

  • Charles Cary
  • Cora Howell
  • Mariam Cancio
  • Nate Johnson
  • Asher Paxton
  • Kelli Weiland
  • Tanner Jeffers
  • Hannah Stricklen
  • Abby Richardson

THIRD PLACE – “Dynamic Space – Creative PODS”

  • Johnathan Burcham
  • Matthew Harkey
  • Rayce Belton
  • Hannah Hebinck
  • D’Shari Richardson
  • Jacob Turner
  • Katie Coit
  • Felicia Martin
  • Hannah Gentry
  • Sarah Tewolde

Interior Design holds convocation 2017, internship presentations

September 18th, 2017 Comments Off on Interior Design holds convocation 2017, internship presentations

(images by Hannah Monroe)

August 2017 interior design graduates came back to campus on Fri., Sept. 15 to present their summer internships at the program’s annual fall convocation:

  • Haley Austin, KaTO |Richmond, VA
  • Joy Bottom, Corgan | Houston, TX
  • Catherine Conner, James Michael Howard, Inc. | Jacksonville, FL
  • Anastasia Dorsey, Macgregor Associates | Atlanta, GA
  • Caitlyn Fleming, AK Design Studio | Memphis, TN
  • Sarah Galbreath, Fleming & Associates | Memphis | TN
  • Amber Henry, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood | Birmingham, AL
  • Hannah Higgins, Corgan | Dallas, TX
  • Katie Hughes, Crump Firm | Memphis, TN
  • Rylee Laborde, Rozas Ward Architects | New Orleans, LA
  • Ana Miller, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood | Birmingham, AL
  • Annah Pennebaker, LIVE Design Group | Birmingham, AL
  • Victoria Reynolds, Corgan | Dallas, TX
  • Bobbie Rogers, Worlds Away | Memphis, TN
  • Caroline Smith, AMR Architects | Little Rock, AK
  • Martina Walker, BLITZ | San Francisco, CA
 Several student accomplishments were also announced as well as introductions of the 2016-2017 ASID officers.

Three students received WithIt Foundation Scholarships: Juniors Mary Campbell Gray and Samantha Sullivan senior Natalie Watson. Read the full story here.

The interior design students who were part of the winning teams for the 2017 Brasfield & Gorrie Interdisciplinary Student Design Competition were:

  • First Place: Brooke Pogue, Christine Smith and Ansley Zimmerman
  • Second Place: Hannah Stricklen and Abby Richardson
  • Third Place: Hannah Hebinck, Katie Coit, Felicia Martin, Hannah Gentry

2017-2018 Interior Design Scholarships:

  • Linda M. Clark Memorial Scholarship
    Natalie Watson, $800
    Brooke Pogue, $800
    Allison Cowart, $500
    Ansley Zimmerman, $500
    Mary Campbell Gray, $500

2017-2018 ASID Officers:
Natalie Watson- President 
Sydney White-President Elect
Brooke Pogue- Secretary
Sydney Sharp- Treasurer 
Austin Deloach- Fundraising Chair
Natalie Allen- Fundraising Co-Chair
Ansley Zimmerman- Volunteer Chair
Gabby Jones- Volunteer Co-Chair
Hannah Monroe- Photography Chair
Olivia Duhe- Co-Photography Chair
Regan Sanders—Resource Chair
Samantha Sullivan- Chair of Professional Development 
Lauren Bean- Senior Representative
Nancy Strube- Junior Representative 
Kennedy Martin- Sophomores representative
Katelyn Jenkins- Freshmen Representative

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